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Tim and Ed: Teaching Notes

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Tim and Ed
Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner

My Little Book Review: 

Having two kids under five is busy enough; constantly picking up after them, the daily hustle and bustle, and the shouts, shrieks and laughter that goes with sibling shenanigans. But what about young, lively, always busy, curious twins? Now that would be a handful!  

Dubosarsky and Joyner make a great award-winning team, already bringing us The Terrible Plop and Too Many Elephants in This House, which was chosen as the 2014 National Simultaneous Storytime picture book. And another terrific team they have introduced more recently, are the adorable Tim and Ed.  

Tim and Ed, identical twin koalas, are pretty much the same. With their matching eyes, mouth, feet, and head, and their arms, legs, knees, nose, ears and toes that are the same. The only thing differentiating them are their initials on their tee shirts. In their colourful, safe world with their Dad, they share a definite cheekiness, curiosity about their twin existence, and an unequivocal bond.  

‘I want to be the same as him!’, Ed reveals, as no contrast will be accepted, even if caused by a dirty, wet pond. Absolutely exhausting their poor old Dad, this duo’s energy just doesn’t seem to tire. With a noisy racket and a toy-ladened house, Dad and Auntie Pim join forces to organise a well-deserved break for the single father.  
However, their sense of security is suddenly shattered when the twins discover that they will be spending the night apart. In the beginning they hardly notice each other’s absence, enjoying their time crashing toy trains and racing bikes around the yard, and dining on spectacular meals.  

In the quiet calm of the night they notice the missing presence of each other’s company. But upon reuniting the following day, with the reassurance of their Dad, the koalas realise a little bit of independence can be fun. And although they may look the same, they each have their unique qualities, which makes them special individuals.  
Tim and Ed is a gorgeous picture book that perfectly matches Ursula Dubosarsky’s rollicking, rhyming storyline with Andrew Joyner’s lively, expressive illustrations. Dubosarsky’s real life conversations between father and sons, and activities written with descriptive text, are paired with Joyner’s accurate facial expressions and charmingly drawn details, including a typical Aussie backyard and messy family living room.  

Children aged three and up will adore the moments shared with their siblings and parents after reading Tim and Ed. With action-filled behaviours that they can relate to, delightful and engaging illustrations, and learning about being individual and independent, especially when you are a twin, it will be easy to get attached to this picture book.

Also find this review on the Boomerang Books Blog:

Tim and Ed
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($22.49 + $6.95 shipping per order)

My Little Question Time!  

Before Reading:
Show two toys / objects that look exactly the same. Ask, what is different? What is the same? When two things are the same we say they are identical. Ask, What is a twin? Are all twins identical? Do you have a brother or sister? Do you like to do the same things?
Look at the cover. What do you notice about these two koalas? What is the same and what is different?  
twin toys

During Reading:
Explain twin babies can either come from one egg (identical), or two eggs (non-identical). What animals are hatched from eggs?                                                                                                                  
Why does Ed want to be wet and dirty? Why do you think Dad wasn’t feeling good? Do you think they will have a good time apart? Who is Ed looking at in the glass?  

After Reading:
How did Tim and Ed feel to be apart for the night? What do Tim and Ed mean when they say, ‘There’s nobody like him or me!’? Just because they look the same does it mean they are the same person? Do they always need to do the same things? Can one twin like to do something while the other twin likes something else more?  

My Little Learning Time!  

– Read other books by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner
The Terrible Plop
Too Many Elephants in this House

– Identifying odd one out: Which picture doesn’t belong?  
Australia Odd one out

– Identifying differences between font letters. Eg. a, g vary in style. Look in magazines, newspaper, books, and so on. Cut out / copy and paste onto a chart.  

– Create a Thinking Venn Diagram, showing similarities and differences between Tim and Ed. Alternatively, choose your own topic to compare.
tim and ed venn pic
– Letter Focus: On a chart, write the letter Tt. Look through the book, Tim and Ed, to find things that begin with that letter. T is for Tim, tomato, tree, train, toys, tee shirt, etc.
Make another chart with Ee for Ed, egg, engine, eyes, ears, etc. Make a paper construction of one of the words on your chart/s.  
– Write a story about yourself being doubled, or tripled, etc, and all the fun shenanigans you all get up to!

Art / Craft.
– Koala Mask.
Materials: Paper plate or cereal box, black paper or texta for nose, mouth and around eyes, coloured tissue paper, cotton wool balls, paddle pop stick, craft glue, scissors, sticky tape.
1. Cut out the shape of the koala head with ears.
2. Mark where eyes will be. Cut out the two circles.
3. Using cut up tissue paper, glue pieces all over face.
4. Glue cotton wool balls on ears.
5. Cut out a black nose and glue in place.
6. Draw black around the eyes and a little mouth.
7. Sticky tape a paddle pop stick to the back.   
koala mask koala mask mirror
Alternatively, you can use a template, found here:  
koala mask activity village

– Twin Koala Footprints.
Materials: Grey, white and pink paint, black pen, paper, paintbrush.
1. Place one foot at a time in the grey paint, and place next to each other on the paper.
2. Dab grey paint for ears, arms and feet. Add a white circle in the heel and tummy areas, and two white dots for eyes.
3. Dab pink paint in the ears and cheeks.
4. Draw a face with a black pen.
koala footprints  

– Seashell Koalas.
Materials: Different sized flat clam seashells, craft glue, black pen or small beads.
1. Arrange shells, large for tummy, medium for head, small for ears, feet and nose.
2. Glue back of head to the top of the back of the tummy. Glue small feet on bottom, ears and darker nose shell on head.
3. Draw black dots for eyes, or glue on small black beads.
4. Why not make twin seashell koalas, and a seashell gum tree, too!   
koala shells  

– Recycled Can Koala.
Materials: Different sized recycled cans and lids, craft glue, tape.
1. Arrange cans and lids, larger for tummy, medium for head, lids for ears, hands, nose.
2. Glue and tape all together to form a koala shape.     
recycled can koala

– Newspaper Collage Koala.
Materials: newspaper, white paper, grey paper, black paper, coloured backing paper, goggle eyes, black pen, glue.
1. Rip bits of newspaper into small pieces. Draw circles for head and tummy onto white paper. Glue newspaper pieces onto white paper as paper collage inside drawn circles. Cut off extra bits outside circles.
2. Cut grey paper into shapes for arms, legs and ears. Glue in place.
3. Glue black nose and goggle eyes into place.  
4. Glue whole koala onto coloured backing paper.  

– Koala Face Origami.     
koalaface koala origami

– Symmetry: noun The quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis. Symmetry is when one shape becomes exactly like another if you flip, slide or turn it. 
Complete the koala’s face around the line of symmetry.   Download Koala Symmetry here.
koala symmetry pic

– Patterns. Tessellations – draw and cut out a shape, and use it as a template to create your own tessellating pattern.

– Spot the Difference: Identify similarities and differences between a set of given pictures.  

-Count the koalas colouring page

– Counting / Addition: Doubles.
Learn your doubles facts.
doubles facts
Play doubles games with dice, dominoes or blocks.   
dice doubles domino doubles
Complete the ladybugs by doubling the spots. Use counters, or laminate and use whiteboard markers.
ladybug doubles
Make a doubles flip book, with the doubles equation on the front, and the answer / picture under the flap.
doubles flip book

– Koala Study. Research appearance, breeding, food, habitat, behaviour, and so on. Create a poster or slideshow presentation.  
Koala Baby07RAM
– Mirror Mirror on the Wall.
Have you ever wondered why you can see your face in a mirror? In this fun activity, work with a partner to guess where you will see each other’s reflections in the mirrors. Record the angles in which the light has reflected off the mirror.,-mirror-on-the-wall-angles-of-reflection/  

– Mirror Drawing Challenge.
For some lateral reflection action, try this fun experiment by drawing a picture on paper, then placing it besides a mirror to attempt to draw the ‘mirror’s image’!    

Photography and lessons by Romi Sharp 2014
All sourced resources have been credited.
These are for personal or classroom use and not permitted for commercial use.

Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, copywriter, reviewer, picture book writer and fanatic, acting publicist to the book stars, and constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of Books On Tour PR & Marketing, Just Write For Kids and My Little Story Corner.

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